Published On: Mon, Apr 13th, 2015

Central govt declares holiday on Ambedkar’s birth anniversary

New Delhi: The Central government has declared a holiday on Tuesday on account of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar’s birth anniversary.

File Photo : Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar

File Photo : Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar

“It has been decided to declare Tuesday, the 14th April 2015, as a closed holiday on account of the birthday of Dr B R Ambedkar, for all central government offices including industrial establishments throughout India,” said an office memorandum issued by the department of personnel and training (DoPT).

April 14 is not a compulsory holiday for central government employees. “Every year, the Centre takes a call on whether or not to declare an off for its offices across the country,” a DoPT official said.

Dr Ambedkar, the man who framed India’s constitution. A lawyer, he also served as the country’s first law minister after independence.

Dr Ambedkar is remembered most for fighting to improve the social position of the Dalits, a group traditionally considered untouchable in our caste system. He became an icon for the Dalit community.

The BJP is vying to woo the Dalit vote bank by declaring public holiday on Dr Ambedkar’s birth anniversary, to counter the Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati, who has earlier ruled the state on the strength of her Dalit support base.

The BJP will also take out yatras in Uttar Pradesh on 125th birth anniversary of Babasaheb Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar.

The fact that assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh are a due in early 2017, the BJP has started making a bid for dalit votes.

As per the existing policy, the Central government offices observe 16 holidays in a year. These include 3 national holidays, namely the Republic Day, Independence Day and Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday and remaining 13 holidays relate to religious and social occasions.

Dr Ambedkar’s birthday is not one of the regular holidays observed every year. As a policy also, birthday of no national leader, except that of Mahatma Gandhi, is being observed as a regular closed holiday.

TST

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